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message to prime minister benjamin netanyahu as well as the people of israel and other people in the region that he stands firmly with israel. as you know, the president and the prime minister have had a somewhat rocky relationship. so it's partially to smooth over that relationship. the president has taken some criticism, particularly during the last presidential campaign, that he wasn't a strong enough ally to israel. i think part of it will be to smooth over that perception. but i think you will see the president reiterate the fact the united states will do whatever is necessary to make sure that iran doesn't get a nuclear weapon. of course, that is a big concern for israel and will also sort of reiterate the united states will try to continue to isolate syria and to make sure that at some point assad does step down from power soon. so i think those are two of the key issues you're going to hear him talk about. also, martin, this is not just a trip to talk to the leaders. according to a recent poll in israel, 10% of israelis view the president favorably. so i thing hek he's
trappings of a state visit. joking with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu that it was good to get away from congress the president reaffirmed what he called the unbreakable bond between the two nations. a sentiment that was roundly reciprocated. >> the people of islam welcome you with open heart. we deeply appreciate your friendship and we share your hope that the middle east will enjoy a future freedom, prosperity, and peace. >> i'm confident in declaring that our alliance is eternal. it is forever. >> and while relations between the president and prime minister have been described as tense, to say the least, on this trip the two appeared down right chummy. at this afternoon's joint presser the two of them even teamed up to take on the man now forever to be known as nbc's encouraincorrigible political d. >> another question i had for you is -- >> chuck, how many have you got? do you guys do this in the israeli press? you say you get one question? you see how the young lady from channel 1, she had one question? she was very well behaved, cluck? >> this is not a kosher question, bu
there and accomplished what he intended to, namely to smooth over relations with prime minister benjamin netanyahu, to reach out to the israeli people and reaffirm the united states' commitment to them and also sent a message that peace talks should resume. so he sort of got that process, the start of that process under way. of course, peace talks haven't resumed yet. that was one of the president's key goals of his first administration. he wasn't able to do it. i think if he doesn't do it during the second term, he will see that as a failing. i've been talking to some experts in the region who say that, you know, the president has sort of given his secretary of state john kerry the lead on that. secretary kerry engaged on getting the peace talks resumed. the experts say the president needs to remain engaged if he wants to see that really happen. the people are going to watch the president closely to see what he does in the coming weeks to see if he can make progress on that point. >> kristen, what struck me about the tactic the president took on this trip was also to shore up -- we can't undersco
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